Mychal Kendricks’ NFL career could be over

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On one hand, it’s admirable that Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks fully admitted to engaging in insider trading. On the other hand, he may have had no choice but to accept guilt in lieu of retaining a hired gun to fire shotgun blasts at the clay pigeon of reasonable doubt.

Kendricks did it. He knows he did it. And he’s surely hoping that his willingness to admit he did it will result in a lesser penalty under the law.

There indeed will be a penalty. And it quite possibly will entail jail time, especially since his higher profile will make it easier for the criminal justice system to fulfill its goal of deterring wrongdoing. That would necessarily interrupt his playing career, and it would quite possibly prompt teams to shy away from giving him employment after he’s released, in part because he’s arguably not talented enough at this point to merit a so-called “second chance.” (If he were Lawrence Taylor in his prime, that would be a different story entirely.)

The league will surely have something to say on this one as well, beyond the perfunctory “we’re looking into it” statement. Here, there’s nothing to look into. He’s guilty, he did it. Whether it falls within the confines of “[c]rimes of dishonesty such as blackmail, extortion, fraud, money laundering, or racketeering” under the Personal Conduct Policy or the “[c]onduct that undermines or puts at risk the integrity of the NFL, NFL clubs, or NFL personnel” catch all, Kendricks will be facing workplace discipline as well.

The end result very well could be that Kendricks’ career will be permanently derailed. The only good news for him is that it took a full four years for the fecal matter to fly into the fan.

38 responses to “Mychal Kendricks’ NFL career could be over

  1. Goodell will do nothing. Philly should be stripped of their SB ring and an asterisk firmly planted next to SB 52’s cheating win over the Pats.

    But, alas, nothing will happen.

    How much did the Eagles know?

  2. he’ll get a slap on the wrist…
    and he’ll be one of the guys making life miserable for roethlisberger on september 9th…
    take it to the bank…

  3. (If he were Lawrence Taylor in his prime, that would be a different story entirely.)

    …………………………………..
    NO, if he was a left handed golfer that played on the PGA Tour it would be a completely different story.

  4. I’m willing to bet per his role as I understand it, he gets maximum fine (5 mil) and minimum sentencing (if any)

  5. You guys saying the Eagles cheated because a LB did insider trading is pathetic. They whooped the crap out of the Pats. If anything two of the Pats SB wins should be discarded. They are the biggest cheaters in the game. Hilarious you little clowns.

  6. tylawspick6 says:

    August 29, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Goodell will do nothing. Philly should be stripped of their SB ring and an asterisk firmly planted next to SB 52’s cheating win over the Pats.

    But, alas, nothing will happen.

    How much did the Eagles know?

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    Incredible a Patriot fans would even mention an asterisk on their SB win, wow unreal.

  7. Wait, how does insider trading help the Eagles win the SB? Man these Pats fans cannot get over the fact that they got owned by a better team in the SB! It’s incredible the amount of excuses and things they try to bring up to make themselves forget they got spanked. It’s ok, the whole world knows the Eagles are the champs!

  8. tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 11:43 am
    Goodell will do nothing. Philly should be stripped of their SB ring and an asterisk firmly planted next to SB 52’s cheating win over the Pats.

    But, alas, nothing will happen.

    How much did the Eagles know?
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    Should every win the Pats had when Aaron Hernandez was a member of the team be stripped too? I think three murders is a little more serious than insider trading.

    How much did the Patriots know?

  9. It would be interesting to know if they Eagles knew about this and that’s why they cut him. If they didn’t know, why not? If they did, does cutting him relieve them of the responsibility of telling other teams, or the league, about his activities? Is the information that he’s under investigation public? How do the Browns not know about this and sign this guy if it’s public info? Someone help me figure this out.

  10. these salty salty tears of these broken pats fans are just so tasty!!

    no one likes us/we dont care

    #godkillers

  11. You guys saying the Eagles cheated because a LB did insider trading is pathetic. They whooped the crap out of the Pats. If anything two of the Pats SB wins should be discarded. They are the biggest cheaters in the game. Hilarious you little clowns.
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    That’s a clown comment right there. Please enlighten us as to which two SBs should be discarded and how the Pats cheat? Try explaining with facts. We’ll wait…..

  12. I don’t buy it. This league has guys beting women, selling drugs, whatever and you really think some GM who needs a linebacker is going to shiver with his Rosary beads and his bible because of some insider trading? Yeah right. He’ll sign Kendricks faster than Sam Bradford goes down with his next injury.

  13. You can criminalize the general public without penalty but con the rich guys and your going to prison.

  14. That “insider trading” is nasty stuff.
    He’d have been better off getting into cattle futures.
    Some people make lots of money in cattle futures.

  15. Minimal if any jail time, but a good chunk of that money he earned the last four years will be gone – if he still has it. I’m sure the Browns’ front office would rather deal with this player decision than many other player transgressions.

  16. Or they could recognize he isn’t all that high profile, he didn’t manufacture the insider trading, etc. He took advice from someone, and acted on it in a crappy way to make himself some money. Hate to say it but people do that every day and don’t spend a minute in a cell.

    Florio is right though. The penalties are stiff, and are being enforced more stringently. I just have a feeling that unless we hear something else he won’t see the inside of a prison for any length of time.

  17. Ray Lewis pled guilty to lying to police in a double murder investigation and all he got from the NFL was a $250,000 fine. What if Roger Goodell were the Commissioner back then? Would he have suspended Lewis for most, or the entire season?

  18. @imaduffer says:
    August 29, 2018 at 11:53 am
    (If he were Lawrence Taylor in his prime, that would be a different story entirely.)
    …………………………………..
    NO, if he was a left handed golfer that played on the PGA Tour it would be a completely different story.
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    And since he’s not white and not a golfer it will be a different outcome. How was Phil able to payback the money and skip jailtime?

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    August 29, 2018 at 11:43 am
    Goodell will do nothing. Philly should be stripped of their SB ring and an asterisk firmly planted next to SB 52’s cheating win over the Pats.

    But, alas, nothing will happen.

    How much did the Eagles know?

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    Nice job. You got them all riled up with a tongue in check comment. LOL

  20. While Foles and Ertz and the rest of the team hit the field, Kendricks will be hitting “the Yard”..

    Somewhere Wentz, Ertz and Foles are laughing at Kendricks!

    Way to go Howie and getting rid of this dead beat!!

  21. league turned the other way for manning committing hundreds of thousands in fraud, why does this guy get punished? more of the same selective and arbitrary rule enforcement.

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